5 thoughts after Week 6 of 2021 Brevard HS football

Brian McCallum
Florida Today

It's just barely October, but we're already heading to Week 7 high school football games in Brevard County. It won't be long until teams are playing for district championships.

But let's not get ahead of ourselves. There's plenty to see in the middle of the season, both on an individual and team level.

Here are some things to consider right now:

1. Gage Malkin is more than just the guy taking the snaps.

Satellite has been building gradually under head coach Ted Kimmey, and the coaching staff deserves plenty of that credit at a school not always known for football talent.

Satellite's Gage Malkin (12) runs the ball up field for a first down.

But there are good players there, from USF signee Gunnar Greenwald recently to receiver Eddie Combs III now. And there are others.

Because quarterback Gage Malkin isn't 6-foot-4, he can be overlooked when thinking of Brevard's best of his position, but he's proven in 2021 that he deserves respect.

Malkin has always shown he can get the ball to receivers for them to do their thing, and he's been good at using his legs when necessary. Furthermore, he doesn't make lots of mistakes.

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This year, he's been an outright weapon. Through six games, the Scorps QB leads all classifications with 21 touchdown passes, and his 1,149 yards ranks 20th. That's against just three interceptions.

If you haven't watched the Satellite senior play this season, you should consider catching a game. The Oct. 15 showdown against Rockledge will put him on the field with a tremendous defense, and the winner will be in a strong position in District 8-5A.

2. If your team is off this Friday night, there are good options.

Cocoa plays on Thursday (see below), while Merritt Island, Rockledge, Satellite and Viera are off.

If you follow one of those Brevard schools, there are still some appealing in-county games to see, including one with just 16 players on the field.

Two neighborhood rivalries offer competitive games. Melbourne doesn't beat Palm Bay very often, and the two meet on the Pirates' field as both try to build on their 2021 records.

Meanwhile, Titusville will play at Space Coast in a game rescheduled from Week 3. Those two neighborhood rivals see each other as a chance for a win, giving all involved plenty of incentive.

Layson Handwork of Merritt Island Christian is brought down by Marshawn Lewis of World of Knowledge during their game Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021. Craig Bailey/FLORIDA TODAY via USA TODAY

Don't discount 8-man ball. Merritt Island Christian, which struggled at the 11-man game due to a shortage of bodies, has thrived in its new form. The Cougars are 6-0 and host St. John Lutheran.

3. Special teams are still important

Titusville has had a tough season, but Tyreek Daniels has kept the Terriers from being shut out twice this year. He did it with a 99-yard kickoff return Friday against Merritt Island, improving on an 86-yard score on Sept. 17 against Satellite.

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Meanwhile, Rockledge and Palm Bay both used special teams to score in their game. Jaylen Howard responded to a long Pirates score midway through the first period with a 90-yard kickoff return to put the Raiders in front for good. But not by a lot, because a high punt-snap before halftime was recovered by Palm Bay's Elliot Bell in the end zone, bringing his team back within two.

4. Keep your eye on the changing schedule

Viera and Vero Beach were to have played on Monday, making up a game originally scheduled for Week 3. Now, that is off. Viera will play next at Cocoa on Oct. 15.

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The Tigers, however, will play Thursday. They face yet another big school, and it's on the road. Cocoa is at Dr. Phillips on Thursday at 7p.m.

5. Watch for teams that could get hot

Another reason to keep an eye on the schedule is to see which Brevard team could get something going, just as Melbourne has done over its last three.

Consider Heritage. The Panthers have won twice by large margins in their 2-2 start. They also were shut out at perennial district power Auburndale and suffered a close loss to Harmony.

With consecutive home games coming against Astronaut, Palm Bay, Gateway and Lake Wales, there is the potential for the Panthers to build some momentum if they can play consistently well.

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